XIOTECH ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR NOVELL OPEN ENTERPRISE SERVER

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Xiotech Corporation today announced support for Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) on Magnitude 3DT. Magnitude 3D's ease of use and clustered architecture make it the ideal storage solution for small-to-medium size enterprises (SME) planning on upgrading to OES. Xiotech, an early OES beta partner, continues to work with Novell to test and certify OES in advance of its official release and will announce full certification soon. In addition, Xiotech is a Gold Sponsor of the Novell OES Evaluation Kit, being distributed to 25,000 Novell BrainShare and LinuxWorld attendees, as well as Novell Users International members and channel partners.

Xiotech is the leading provider of storage solutions for Novell centric enterprises. By deploying Magnitude 3D with Novell OES, SMEs can achieve greater application availability and faster recovery times due to the Magnitude 3D's unique architecture. Magnitude 3D also simplifies the process of operating multiple operating systems (for instance NetWare and SUSE LINUX) without requiring special host-based software.

In addition, Magnitude 3D eliminates the planned downtime associated with server maintenance and repairs, ensuring swift deployments and upgrades and uninterrupted data availability. Finally, Magnitude 3D will fully support Novell Storage Services and Cluster Services in OES.

"With Novell Open Enterprise Server and Magnitude 3D, customers can take advantage of excellent ease of use and availability at reduced total cost of ownership," said Ed Anderson, Novell vice president of platform product marketing. "Xiotech continues to enable customers users to draw more value from their Novell investment."

"Running Magnitude 3D with OES is the ideal solution for enterprises looking to benefit from a secure, open operating environment" said Mike Stolz, Xiotech executive vice president of marketing. "By supporting OES, Xiotech is again demonstrating its commitment to making storage networking as simple as possible to Novell Linux enterprises."

Support for Novell OES is the latest step in Xiotech's continued partnership with Novell. Magnitude 3D was one of the first SANs to complete "Yes, Tested and Approved" certification with Novell NetWare 6.5, and Novell Cluster Services 1.7. Xiotech is also a premier Partner for Novell Users International. Xiotech will complete full OES certification in the first quarter of 2005.

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